To help the performing arts sector adapt to the ongoing impact of COVID-19 and the restrictions that are keeping people safe, the province is investing $150,000 in Light House Go!, a new on-demand streaming service dedicated to providing Nova Scotia content.
“This funding will help our artists, technicians and production staff continue to create engaging content that audiences anywhere in the world can watch and enjoy,” said Suzanne Lohnes-Croft, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage. “We continue to support digital solutions to help the arts and culture sector adapt and rebound from COVID-19, where the reality is that many people have moved their work online.”
Light House Go! will partner with Nova Scotia cultural organizations and individual artists to co-produce a minimum of 20 segments of performance content to share on its streaming service. The new Light House Arts Centre in downtown Halifax will support the service with studio space, filming equipment and technical staff.
Normally, the Creative Industries Fund helps expand the reach of Nova Scotia’s culture sector by supporting export activity. This year, due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, it has focused on digital alternatives.
- This investment provides much-needed work to many people in the arts sector who have been seriously impacted by the pandemic. It means paid opportunities for artists, performers and technical staff, who together will create high-quality made in Nova Scotia content.
- Marc Almon, founder, Culture Link CIC
- We believe the virtual component of performance is here to stay, and Light House Go! will send artists from Nova Scotia stages to homes around the world for years to come.
- Rob Power, founder, Culture Link CIC
- Light House Go! is part of the Light House Arts Centre. When complete, the facility will offer a media production studio, performance hall, cinema, dance space and a hub-style working space
- in Nova Scotia, the culture sector is valued at $929 million and provides more than 13,000 jobs